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Honoring Freedom: Teammates Explore the Origins of Juneteenth Where It All Began

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, marks the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. While its recognition and celebration have grown, one lesser-known aspect of this historic day, also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Juneteenth Independence Day, is that the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1,...

Increasing Diversity in Healthcare

Every February, America honors the contributions and sacrifices of Black Americans who have helped shape the United States. Black History Month celebrates the rich cultural heritage, triumphs and adversities that are an indelible part of our country's history. I believe that it should create awareness, as well.

How to best care for LGBTQ+ patients

By Daniel Smith, Nurse Practitioner, St. Francis – Emory Healthcare, Columbus, Georgia First, I want to share a little personal background about myself. I am an openly gay man who fully came out at the age of 38. I am a nurse practitioner and have been practicing since 1997. Through the years I have witnessed...

Celebrating and Reflecting on the Fourth of July

Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, marks the anniversary of the United States declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. The Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin, was signed by representatives of the 13 original colonies. Historians have disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration...

What Juneteenth Means to Me

By Rex Everett, Vice President, TeamHealth Business Development My introduction to Juneteenth happened during my first year in healthcare management in 1980. I was transferred from Atlanta to Houston as a housekeeping supervisor in one of Houston’s largest hospitals. My director informed me that we usually have a lot of staff “call-in” to celebrate Juneteenth...

Celebrating Juneteenth

By Michael Wiechart, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Juneteenth is widely recognized as a celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States, but there is more to the story. It actually recognizes the day, June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger and the Union troops landed in Galveston, Texas, with...

Recognizing LGBTQ+ Pride Month

By Paula Dearolf, TeamHealth Executive Vice President of Revenue Cycle Operations Every year, Pride Month occurs in June to recognize the influence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people around the world. It is an opportunity to educate people about issues facing this community. The month of June is significant to commemorate the...

Honoring those who have given their life this Memorial Day

By Jason Powell, Manager, Recruitment Operations/Residency Relations, and Co-Chair, TeamHealth Veterans Affinity Group   As we celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, the members of the TeamHealth Veterans Affinity Group would like to take a moment to remember those who have given their life in military service. We also thank the veterans who served alongside them...

Recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

By Joe Chow, MD, MBA, President, TeamHealth Ambulatory Care, and Medical Director, AccessNurse   May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which celebrates the contributions and achievements of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. This includes people from Asia, Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the...

Celebrating Diversity in Healthcare

Diversity and inclusion are essential aspects of any industry. However, the significance of diversity in healthcare is paramount. As defined, diversity goes beyond race and ethnicity. Instead, it extends to all